Elimination Challenge: It’s Over

All of February passed and I never told you about the rest of the elimination challenge. But now that I can compare January and February, it’s even more clear how great I felt living without all of those things. But something else is equally obvious: I’m not willing to adopt that kind of a restrictive eating plan as a lifestyle. I can’t do that and also be myself–my food writing, restaurant-going, kitchen living, toast raising self. Being omnivorous is central to being me. In retrospect I wish I would have eliminated things one at a time, so I could know which had the biggest effect, but as it stands, I don’t know what was responsible for the deep sleep, sense of calm, lack of bloat, and sharper mental focus. It may always be a mystery.

I’ve been keeping very busy with my various projects, including my side project, League Street Press. If you like my recipes, you should check them out. They combine my love of greeting cards with my love of cooking by combining an affectionate little message with a recipe.

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Elimination Challenge: Half Time Report


Here we are, mid-January, and I’ve successfully completed the first two weeks of my elimination challenge. For 14 days, no sugar, alcohol, caffeine, gluten, dairy, or legumes have passed my lips. To my great surprise, it hasn’t really been all that hard. In fact, it’s been fun at times, especially when learning new things about food and cooking. While I was staying with my sister last week, she taught me how to make my new favorite lunch: Nori rolls. (That’s what you see in the photo above.) Continue Reading →

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Elimination Challenge

OK, you know how I mentioned in my New Year’s Resolutions post that I would be taking on a major health improvement project for January but I’d cover it in another post? Well, here’s the post. Continue Reading →

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Resolutions 2014

I have always been a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. When I was younger, I used to make 100 resolutions, assuming I would keep some of them. These days, I take a different approach. I start thinking about what I want for myself in the coming year and I begin taking notes about it. Although last year, I was going through so much upheaval that I didn’t really formulation any resolutions. I just gave myself the following goals:

Drink less alcohol, eat more vegetables, get more exercise. Relax, be grateful, enjoy life.

I certainly curbed my drinking a lot. I may have eaten a few more vegetables. I could have done better in the exercise, relax, be grateful departments. For 2014 my resolutions are as follows: Continue Reading →

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2013: A Year in Review


After the holidays last year, which were even more draining than usual thanks to a full time job situation that was rapidly deteriorating from bad to worse, I welcomed the new year with extra warmth. During January, nothing changed, but I enjoyed a weekend in Baltimore with three great friends and while I was away I disconnected with my everyday circumstances and reconnected with myself. People who have known you over a period of years are especially good at reminding you of who you are and what matters in your life. It wasn’t as if we had epic heart-to-hearts on this weekend. Mainly, we ate, drank, walked, and joked. We explored the inspiring American Visionary Museum. But it set a tone for me that I kept coming back to through the year. It reminded me of how the people you surround yourself with should make you feel: Inspired, hopeful, understood, and accepted–like you belong. Continue Reading →

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